Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
They were deadly on the ground; Now they have wings
When the government puts all its rotten criminal eggs in one airborne basket, it's asking for trouble. Before you can say, "Pass the barf bag," the crooks control the plane, led by creepy Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom. Watching his every move is the just-released Cameron Poe, who'd rather reunite with his family. The action climaxes with an incredible crash sequence in Las Vegas.
I hadn't seen this movie since it came out more than 15 years ago. I didn't much care for it then, but I have to confess I LOOOOOOOOOVED it today. What played as a ridiculously dumb action film then now hit me as a deliberately silly action comedy. There are some choices that were probably meant to play straight that have since aged into unintentional majesty (like the de rigueur Bruckheimer radio-friendly pop song that is hilariously dated AND so completely inappropriate for the material, LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live"), but for the most part this movie is deliciously self-aware.
The action is all rock solid, and the cast is impossibly great: John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, Ving…
Is there a six star option?
When it comes to Con Air, there are two kinds of people:-
1) People who think Con Air is fucking awesome.
2) People who I don't want to talk to.
"The last Mohican is burning, man!"
I remember a few years ago, on a cold Saturday during my second year of University, Con Air was on BBC1. All of my friends had gone out drinking so I thought to myself “hey, what better way to spend a Saturday evening than in the company of Messrs Cage, Cusack and Malkovich?”. A few nights later I was flicking through the TV when, lo and behold, I saw that Con Air was on again, though this time it had been demoted to BBC3. With nothing better to do, I decided to tune…
I love Nic Cage, but I don't think I've ever seen him be so badass in any other movie. Shit just got real.
>>I'm going to show you God does exist. <<
Let's just take a second to appreciate just how out of place Steve Buscemi is in this film. And Nic Cage's accent. And hair. And general Nic Caginess. And Steve Cusack's ridiculously narrated intros for all the convicts. And Danny Trejo. And John Malkovich, for some reason. And the completely ridiculous climax. And that electric guitar, making all the action seem like a power ballad.
And after all that, let's go back again and really appreciate how out of place Steve Buscemi is.
A newly released ex-con and former US Ranger finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control. - IMDB
Back in 1997, when I was in my penultimate year of high school, I saw this and absolutely loved it. Years later, after expanding my cinematic muscle, I learned that it can be a little corny, but I can still love it for the joy it gave me as I was transitioning into a man.
There is many corny moments when I think about it. Examples being the slot machine coming up a winner as the plane crashes into it, the 'AZZ KIKR' number plate and it's falling off and a lot of the gratuitous one-liners that…
Con Air hits all of the right action beats and then some, but that's not what makes it a great film.
It's got a great script with exchanges like:
"What's with Dictionary Boy?"
"Actually, Thesaurus Boy would be more appropriate."
"Gag and bag this Nazi muffin."
"Well, Baby O, it's not exactly mai tais and Yahtzee out here, but let's do it."
That kind of writing is 40-50% of what makes it great.
But the rest of its greatness must be attributed to Nicolas Cage, who may have turned in better performances (Adaptation comes to mind) but has rarely been as electric as he is when playing Cameron Poe, the heavily-accented Southuhn boy and Army Ranger turned convict, who saves…
"Why couldn't you put the bunny back in the box?"
One of the films I've watched more than any other. Insanely rewatchable and quotable. Pretty much all you could ask for in a '90s blockbuster.
I fucking love this movie.
I love the cast, the set-pieces and, most notably, the all-time great Nicolas Cage Southern accent.
A quintessential '90s Action flick.
In case The Rock was too heady for you.
Nic Cage with a ridiculous Southern accent and John Cusack wearing socks with sandals. If that alone doesn't interest you, something's wrong.
Fucking ludicrous in all the right ways. Featuring over-the-top 90s action and classic Cage, Con Air is a rewatchable and lovable cheese-fest. And a little Dave Chappelle is never a bad thing.
3.5 out of 5 stars.
Fun action from start to finish.
This is pretty much what I always expect going into a Nic Cage action movie. A lot like The Rock, but less insufferable than that one for some reason. Probably because of John Cusack, John Malkovich, Ana-Lucia’s mum and Bubba filling out the cast. Some good ‘splosions in this one, that’s for sure. One of the best Cage hairstyles ever.
Also enjoyed the random use of diabetes as a ticking-clock plot device. He’s got 58 minutes left until he dies of diabetes unless we land this plane!!!
"Somehow they managed to get every creep and freak in the universe on this one plane.'' thats it, thats all you need to know. Its not amazing, and its not ridiculous. Its silly and it knows it. A hijacked flight of dangerous superstar convicts. All of them? one place? The movie is essentially a series of quick setups, brisk dialogue and elaborate action sequences.
Maybe its all satire? I imagine it is; I hope it is.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- In the Mood for Love
- Children of the Corn
- 28 Weeks Later
- Welcome to the Dollhouse
I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING
- Transformers: The Movie
- Home Alone
- Blade Runner
There are some voracious film watchers on Letterboxd with diverse tastes so I thought it would be interesting to see…